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Lifeline utilities are entities and operators that provide community infrastructure services such as water, wastewater, transport, energy and telecommunications. 

The Civil Defence Emergency Management (CDEM) Act 2002 requires lifeline utilities to establish planning and operational relationships with CDEM groups. At the heart of this relationship is for each lifeline utility to be able to exchange relevant information around their risk management processes and the key elements of their readiness and response arrangements. The Act also requires all lifeline utility operators to ensure they are able to function to the fullest possible extent, even though this may be at a reduced level, during and after an emergency. This is best achieved through the formation of  voluntary groups of 'lifeline utility' organisations, with representatives from territorial authorities, major utility and transportation sector organisations.

Lifeline utility groups work across the 4 Rs (Reduction, Readiness, Response, and Recovery) of the emergency management continuum. They promote reduction (mitigation) and readiness work to be carried out by their members, with a focus on developing and providing best practice information. They also provide a technical forum with appropriate degrees of confidentiality, enabling engineering and physical risk management issues of interdependency to be addressed. 

The Waikato Lifeline Utilities Group (WLUG) is made up of representatives from the Waikato region's territorial authorities and major energy, telecommunications, and transportation sector organisations.  You can find out more about WLUG, its members and its projects on this website.

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